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20 Tips from a Fly Fishing Guide

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Now that my 2017 guiding season is underway, and about to seriously ramp up, I find myself both excited and reflective. The 2016 was great. I met a pile of great new folks, reconnected with clients who have become old friends, had some great fishing and didn’t get hit by lightning (every guide I know… Read more »

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Tying Tips – The Squirmy Wormy

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The rivers here in the West are outrageously high, and just about every piece of water is blown out in some fashion or another. That obviously makes fishing difficult, but there’s one fly that’s chronically overlooked when fishing high water – the San Juan Worm. Yeah, yeah, it’s not a fly. But guess what? It catches… Read more »

Stories

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First Float of the Season By Dan Parson It was dark and cold when we met. Lee and Shane stood in their waders, clouds of breath fogging their glasses, bundled up in layers hoping to keep the frigid temperature from seeping in. Even beneath the bulk we looked as though the holidays had been too kind… Read more »

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New Water

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“It’s higher than Monday,” Matt said from his place behind the oars. “I can’t believe how many bugs are out today. On Monday we still had snow.” I grinned. “They’re hatching just for me, right?” Matt chuckled and pushed off the bank, his four-year-old son pointing at the bugs in the air and shouting –… Read more »

whitefish from green river
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In Praise of Whitefish

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“Rocky Mountain Bone Fish”, “Ghost Trout”, “Smokies”. They shit in your boat, slime up your hands, smell funky and destroy good flies. Yet I must admit I love whitefish. Judge me all you want but honestly… down deep… you like ‘em pretty well too. They bend the rod and can save the day. Quit pretending… Read more »

adams dry fly fly tying
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Tying Flies: An Angler’s Rabbit Hole

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I recently posted pictures of several flies I tied to a Facebook group that I belong to, partly because I enjoy sharing what I’ve recently tied and partly to dilute the never-ending ice fishing posts that overwhelm this particular page in the dead of winter. Unsurprisingly, the first comment that was posted questioned if tying… Read more »